The Preakness Stakes was founded by then-Maryland governor Oden Bowie. The horse race had seven entries, with Survivor galloping to an easy ten length victory, the largest in Preakness stakes betting history. In 1890 the Preakness was run at Morris Park in New York, and in 1891, 1892, and 1893 it wasn't run at all. From 1894 to 1908 the Preakness was held at the Gravesend racetrack in Brooklyn, New York.
The Preakness did not return to its Pimlico Race Course home until 1909. Ever since the 1909 Preakness, won by Effendi, the Preakness has been held at Pimlico every year. In 1918, 26 horses were entered as Preakness betting choices, forcing the race to be run in two divisions. The next year Sir Barton became the first Triple Crown winner in horseracing.
The winner of the Preakness receives the Woodlawn Vase, one of the richest trophies in sports, created by Tiffany in 1860 and valued at well over $1 million. The Preakness Stakes betting winner also gets a blanket of "black-eyed Susans," Maryland's state flower for winning. Since black-eyed Susans aren't in bloom at that time of the year, the blanket is actually made of daisies dyed to look like the real thing for the Preakness.
The Preakness has been run at several different distances. It was 1 1/2 miles from 1873 through 1888 and in 1890 while in 1889 it went to 1 1/4. The Preakness horse racing distance then went to 1 1/16 miles from 1894 through 1900 and in 1908. From 1901 through 1907 the distance was 1 mile and 70 yards. The distance for the Preakness was only 1 mile in 1909 and 1910 and 1 1/8 miles from 1911 through 1924. The present Preakness Stakes distance of 1 3/16 miles was established in 1925.
The song of the Preakness Stakes is "Maryland, My Maryland." The Kentucky Derby has the blanket of roses while the Preakness Stakes has the blanket of black-eyed susans. Another Preakness tradition has a painter climbing a ladder to the top of a replica of the Old Clubhouse cupola. He applies the colors of the victorious owner's silks on the jockey and horse which are part of the weather vane at the top of the infield structure.
Another race on the Preakness Stakes betting card is the Barbaro Stakes. It was previously known as the Sir Barton Stakes but the Maryland Jockey Club changed the name of the race last year to the Barbaro Stakes. Barbaro was the 2006 Kentucky Derby winner and extremely popular race horse when an injury during the Preakness eventually cost him his life so the naming of the race is a tribute to him.
Preakness Stakes betting is not as popular as Kentucky Derby betting but it does have its place. Preakness Stakes horse betting will almost always have the Kentucky Derby winner as the horse racing betting favorite. Betting on the Preakness Stakes gives you a chance to make money if the Derby winner does not win the Preakness.
Many people that look at horse wagering love to bet on Triple Crown races. Betting the Preakness plays a major role in that decision. SBG Global offers horse racing betting tips for all of the Triple Crown betting races, including the Preakness. Online horse racing betting players look at the Preakness as a race for the favorite and that is usually the case.
The 132nd Preakness Stakes on May 19th may see another favorite do well as Street Sense seems to be the logical choice. Those that look at Preakness betting also have an eye on the Belmont Stakes as horse racing experts always get excited about a possible Triple Crown.
Here is a look at each of the Preakness Stakes winners and their jockeys.
|YEAR WINNER JOCKEY|
|2006 Bernardini J. Castellano||1940 Bimelech F. Smith|
|2005 Afleet Alex J. Rose||1939 Challedon G. Seabo|
|2004 Smarty Jones S. Elliott||1938 Dauber M. Peters|
|2003 Funny Cide J. Santos||1937 War Admiral C. Kurtsinger|
|2002 War Emblem V. Espinoza||1936 Bold Venture G. Woolf|
|2001 Point Given G. Stevens||1935 Omaha W. Saunders|
|2000 Red Bullet J. Bailey||1934 High Quest R. Jones|
|1999 Charismatic C. Antley||1933 Head Play C. Kurtsinger|
|1998 Real Quiet K. Desormeaux||1932 Burgoo King E. James|
|1997 Silver Charm G. Stevens||1931 Mate G. Ellis|
|1996 Louis Quatorze P. Day||1930 Gallant Fox E. Sande|
|1995 Timber Country P. Day||1929 Dr. Freeland L. Schaefer|
|1994 Tabasco Cat P. Day||1928 Victorian R. Workman|
|1993 Prairie Bayou M. Smith||1927 Bostonian A. Abel|
|1992 Pine Bluff C. McCarron||1926 Display J. Maiben|
|1991 Hansel J. Bailey||1925 Coventry C. Kummer|
|1990 Summer Squall P. Day||1924 Nellie Morse J. Merimee|
|1989 Sunday Silence P. Valenzuela||1923 Vigil B. Marinelli|
|1988 Risen Star E. Delahoussaye||1922 Pillory L. Morris|
|1987 Alysheba C. McCarron||1921 Broomspun F. Coltiletti|
|1986 Snow Chief A. Solis||1920 Man o' War C. Kummer|
|1985 Tank's Prospect P. Day||1919 Sir Barton J. Loftus|
|1984 Gate Dancer A. Cordero, Jr.||1918 War Cloud (1st Edition) J. Loftus|
|1983 Deputed Testamony D. Miller, Jr.||1918 Jack Hare Jr.(2nd Edition) C. Peak|
|1982 Aloma's Ruler J. Kaenel||1917 Kalitan E. Haynes|
|1981 Pleasant Colony J. Velasquez||1916 Damrosch I. McAtee|
|1980 Codex A. Cordero, Jr.||1915 Rhine Maiden D. Hoffman|
|1979 Spectacular Bid R. Franklin||1914 Holiday Schuttinger|
|1978 Affirmed S. Cauthen||1913 Buskin Butwell|
|1977 Seattle Slew J. Cruguet||1912 Col. Holloway C. Turner|
|1976 Elocutionist J. Lively||1911 Watervale E. Dugan|
|1975 Master Derby D. McHargue||1910 Layminster Estep|
|1974 Little Current M. Rivera||1909 Effendi W. Doyle|
|1973 Secretariat R. Turcotte||1908 Royal Tourist E. Dugan|
|1972 Bee Bee Bee E. Nelson||1907 Don Enrique G. Mountain|
|1971 Canonero II G. Avila||1906 Whimsical W. Miller|
|1970 Personality E. Belmonte||1905 Cairngorm W. Davis|
|1969 Majestic Prince W. Hartack||1904 Bryn Mawr Hildebrand|
|1968 Forward Pass I. Valenzuela||1903 Flocarline W. Gannon|
|1967 Damascus W. Shoemaker||1902 Old England L. Jackson|
|1966 Kauai King D. Brumfield||1901 The Parader Landry|
|1965 Tom Rolfe R. Turcotte||1900 Hindus H. Spencer|
|1964 Northern Dancer W. Hartack||1899 Half Time R. Clawson|
|1963 Candy Spots W. Shoemaker||1898 Sly Fox W. Simms|
|1962 Greek Money J. Rotz||1897 Paul Kauvar Thorpe|
|1961 Carry Back J. Sellers||1896 Margrave H. Griffin|
|1960 Bally Ache R. Ussery||1895 Belmar F. Taral|
|1959 Royal Orbit W. Harmatz||1894 Assignee F. Taral|
|1958 Tim Tam I. Valenzuela||1890 Montague W. Martin|
|1957 Bold Ruler E. Arcaro||1889 Buddhist Anderson|
|1956 Fabius W. Hartack||1888 Refund Littlefield|
|1955 Nashua E. Arcaro||1887 Dunboyne W. Donohue|
|1954 Hasty Road J. Adams||1886 The Bard Fisher|
|1953 Native Dancer E. Guerin||1885 Tecumseh J. McLaughlin|
|1952 Blue Man C. McCreary||1884 Knight of Ellerslie Fisher|
|1951 Bold E. Arcaro||1883 Jacobus G. Barbee|
|1950 Hill Prince E. Arcaro||1882 Vanguard Costello|
|1949 Capot T. Atkinson||1881 Saunterer Costello|
|1948 Citation E. Arcaro||1880 Grenada L. Hughes|
|1947 Faultless D. Dodson||1879 Harold L. Hughes|
|1946 Assault W. Mehrtens||1878 Duke of Magenta C. Holloway|
|1945 Polynesian W. Wright||1877 Cloverbrook C. Holloway|
|1944 Pensive C. McCreary||1876 Shirley G. Barbee|
|1943 Count Fleet J. Longden||1875 Tom Ochiltree L. Hughes|
|1942 Alsab B. James||1874 Culpepper W. Donohue|
|1941 Whirlaway E. Arcaro||1873 Survivor G. Barbee|